NFC East: Giants-Buccaneers 092709
September, 23, 2009
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Giants defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) missed practice Wednesday, but he's not ruling himself out for Sunday's game against the Bucs. My gut's telling me that Tuck will miss the game, but he certainly hasn't told me that.
But while everyone focused on Tuck's injury Wednesday, word spread that wide receiver Mario Manningham was limited in practice because of a shoulder injury. Manningham didn't say anything about the injury during the open locker room session Wednesday.
With Domenik Hixon (knee) and Hakeem Nicks (foot) already fighting through injuries, the Giants can't afford to get someone else hurt. Late in Sunday's game, Derek Hagan became the team's third receiver. If Manningham and Hixon were forced to miss Sunday's game, the Giants would probably start Steve Smith and Hagan. Sinorice Moss and Ramses Barden would join the rotation.
Can the Giants beat the Bucs with that group of wide receivers? Absolutely. Smith has been borderline brilliant through two games and Hagan made a big-time catch on the final drive against the Cowboys. I even think Moss is capable of making some big plays downfield.
If you're ever going to try and get ahead of some injuries, this would be the perfect week. Tom Coughlin would never come out and admit something like that, but it wouldn't surprise me if the Giants rested some starters against an inferior team.